Recently a reader of my blog reached out to me for help with finding resources on racial justice. This reader, who was White, was soon to start teaching in a school district that primarily served students of color.
Sometimes in my work offline or through the emails I receive, I encounter the belief on the part of privileged folks that marginalized people be prepared to educate them on-demand.
Because I’m sharing this publicly, it’s important to mention that providing this information was a conscious decision on my part.
I can’t stress enough the importance of doing your own work as well. The internet is plentiful, and marginalized folks are not obligated to serve in the role of teacher to those who are actively and or passively involved in the perpetuation of their oppression.
Marginalized people are not beholden to their allies in any way, so that one person decides to share in one instance does not mean that they are obligated to do so in the future. If they do decide to share, consider it a gift, and don’t place any undue burden on them to continue past a point they’re not comfortable with.
I figured further exploration into their identity could help them speak from a better perspective of what the needs are, as well as how they can better serve.
Here are a few of the resources I shared with them. If you have any resources, feel free to share them in the comment section at the bottom of this post.
Is Racism Over Yet?
Deconstructing White Privilege
Five Times My Skin Color Didn’t Kill Me
How To Raise A Black Son In America
Colorblindness Will Not End Racism
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW